Between 1999 and 2004, the Yesaroun’ Duo, Samuel Z. Solomon, percussion and Eric Hewitt, saxophones, commissioned and premiered twenty-six new works for saxophone and percussion and were featured in recitals all over the northeast United States, in Cuba, and in Italy.

Yesaroun’ has been Ensemble-In-Residence at Princeton University, Harvard University, and The Walden School, has been featured as soloists with the New England Conservatory Composers Orchestra in NEC’s Jordan Hall, performed as part of the Princeton Marimba Festival, New York City Day of Percussion, Harvard University Group for New Music, the 54th annual Cantors Assembly Convention, Juilliard Summer Percussion Seminar, the Society of Composers Region 1 Conference, New England Conservatory Composers Series, Brandeis Composers Series, and has appeared on public radio.

Previous collaborations include those with composers Shawn Crouch, Adam B. Silverman, Roshanne Etezady, Dennis Desantis, Ken Ueno, Ross Popoff, Lei Liang, Danielle Schindler, Rebekah Griffin, Cody Wright, Pamela Madsen, Brooke Joyce, Loretta Notareschi, James K. Randall, Barbara White, Stefan Weisman, Miriama Young, Nico Muhly, Curtis Hughes, Tolga Yayalar, Dominique Schafer, Christopher Honett, Robert Hasegawa, Erik Spangler, Jefferson Friedman, and Shawn Michalek.

Percussionist Samuel Z. Solomon has been responsible for dozens of world premieres of solo and small ensemble works and has been involved in numerous additional projects to perpetuate the music of young composers. He is author of How to Write for PERCUSSION, a comprehensive guide for composers on percussion composition that has received critical acclaim from composers, performers, and conductors worldwide. He currently teaches percussion at The Boston Conservatory and Boston University and is President of the Massachusetts Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

Mr. Solomon is a founding member of the Line C3 percussion group, percussionist in residence at Harvard University, and principal timpanist of the Amici New York Chamber Orchestra in residence each summer at the OKM festival in Bartlesville, OK. He is currently actively involved in the acquisition of works for a multi-percussion setup of set instrumentation; thus far nine solo and two small ensemble works have been written for the Setup.

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Saxophonist Eric Hewitt has presented critically acclaimed premieres by Luciano Berio, Gunther Schuller, Christian Lauba, and dozens of young and up-and-coming composers. He has been a soloist with nine Boston area ensembles, including the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the FROMM Players at Harvard, and the New England Conservatory Wind Ensemble and has been featured as soloist on tours to Japan, Venezuela, and Cuba. He is also a member of the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet.

Mr. Hewitt recorded the Donald Martino Saxophone Concerto in piano reduction (previously unreleased), working with Dr. Martino at the sessions, and has recorded the saxophone quartet music of Iannis Xenakis and Franco Donatoni. He was a member of the Ryles Jazz Orchestra from 2000 until 2004 and performed with jazz legends such as Arturo Sandoval, John Faddis, Bob Brookmeyer, Ed Calle, George Garzone, Frank Vardarous, Jerry Bergonzi, Slide Hampton, George Russell, Marvin Stam, and Phil Wilson.

Also a conductor, Mr. Hewitt is the conductor of The Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble and chair of that school's Woodwind Department. He is founder and music director of the in-residence avant-garde ensemble at Harvard University, known as White Rabbit, and music director of the Charles River Wind Ensemble. Mr. Hewitt graduated from the New England Conservatory with degrees in saxophone and conducting.

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